Shouting slogans supporting militancy, hurling abuses and swearing in the name of Allah to fight back in revenge: in an exclusive video accessed by India Today TV, Rohingya extremists, with latest weapons in hand, are seen threatening of a major attack soon. The clip has not just one armed militant but many walking through forested terrains around their hideouts in parts of Myanmar and repeating what the leader is saying, or rather swearing. From the latest sharpshooting weapons to high-end ammunition – they have it all. The video shot in an undisclosed location in Myanmar showcases the arms and ammunition these militants have at their disposal.
Over half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh and some have crossed over to India through a porous border in the last six weeks, an exodus that has spiralled into one of the world’s most urgent refugee crises.
The militants in the video are said to be Arakan militants, responsible for the attack on police posts in Myanmar that led to the military crackdown in Rakhine State. The Myanmar government declared the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) to be a terrorist organisation after they claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced harsh criticism from in the international community for not doing enough to stop the violence, although a military-drafted constitution gives her no power over the security forces. The extremists have now started taking cover at various locations and then using the advantage of porous borders to sneak into neighbouring countries.